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4/27/11 12:20 P

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I can relate to the seating. It is embarrassing when you fly and have to ask for a lap belt extension or if you are afraid to sit in a chair at some event as to will it hold you or not. It would be so great if just cutting back on food was the total answer to weight loss. All we can do is just keep trying.

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4/22/11 8:54 P

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Being fat in itself is a major stress, LOL! Everything is just harder.

The thing at the top of my list is seating. Am I going to fit, will something break, how hard will it be to get up and down or will there just not be any place for me to sit. Several times I just say that I've been sitting all day at work and just want to stand for awhile.

Most of the time it's just easier to stay home.

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4/22/11 9:57 A

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Moni ~ in the past I have been a strict lo carb person. While I have had great success eating this way I have also left myself open to binging on my favorite high carb foods. So now I have changed that thought process. While I still try to eat lower carb I am now having the healthy carbs such as whole grains. Also if you pair a baked potato with sour cream the sour cream will cause the potato to not matabolise as quickly. I no longer find myself craving all the sweets like I use to. I enjoy having the healthy grains and feel better because of them. I guess I do not worry about the calories as much as I use to if I am making my own food. But I have to watch pretty closely when I eat out.

BTW a big trigger for me regarding binging is stress. So I try not to let myself get stressed. I laugh a lot even if it is just at myself.

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4/22/11 1:12 A

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Hello Everyone,
Thank you all for responding,and I must say I feel so much better in my frame of mind as well as in my energy levels, my next step is to start exercising. even though I have been more mobile in my home. I am riddled with Arthritis in my feet Knees and hips. any my spine and shoulder and as I am allergic to Asprin, it limits what painkillers I can have.

I am amazed at how fast the calories add up ,and its a wake up call ,when I think of how I was eating out of control before.now I make wiser choices. I have accepted that its better to lose weight slower,if its letting you create a plan thats going to be your lifetyle way to eat from now on.
I am determined to get healthier and fitter,and planning on a trip to UK in August 2012. and I figure if I lose my weight slowly aiming at 3kgs a month.I will be feeling a million dollars when I go to sit on that plane.
One of the things thats always worried me is asking for the extention belt on the plane.not to mention a lot of things ,like whether the chairs have sides in the restruant as my thighs have been bruised from squeezing in and trying to look comfortable rather that draw attention to myself.
Do you have any things that have caused you stress in the past.?

Have a wonderful Easter everyone.
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4/21/11 9:57 P

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I'm glad you're feeling so much better! emoticon


I try to keep it balanced. But if you twisted my arm I'd say calories.

I'm a vegetarian so my carbs are always on the high end. But even if I weren't I just love all carbs so I have to watch to make sure they are good ones. emoticon

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4/21/11 12:26 A

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I've recently started a 1200 claorie diet on yoplait.com. I also have to admit that staying on it has been a task, I'm an emotional eater so taming my urges is about taming the feelings that cause the impulses.

The diet is a basic 30% protein, 25% fat, 45% carb plan and is easy for me to follow if my mood is so inclined. Long story short, I am watching my intake even if I don't follow it perfectly. I also lost 10 lb. very quickly even with some messing up along the way. (less than a month) I quit soda which helps...

Now to the main point, even though the diet is 45% carbs it comes in two portions of sugar free breakfast cereal, two pieces of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables each day. I don't eat rice, bread, potatoes or any of the typical carbs I used to. I eat all day now and am never hungry, it's just the right foods. Judging by my new lack of starchy/flour type foods I can now see what an obscene amount of carbs I was eating before and not even recognizing it. Even just a sandwhich for lunch and some rice for dinner would put me well over the limit on carbs that a person should eat if they also have veggies and fruit in their diet in the right quantity. My body needs the veggies so I am on board with giving up the junk carbs. Fruits and veggies take up a lot of your carbs if you are eating right whether you are on a low carb diet or just a simple low calorie one.

The added benefit is also that I am learning how to eat more of the right foods so that I can transition into healthier eating when I am done with the low calorie plan. Increasing the good foods and decreasing the bad ones is just part of that lifestyle change everyone talks about. I figure I may as well get used to it or get used to being fat.

I was a carb junkie too. Sugar, bread, cookies...I loved carbs. Now I have to learn to love myself more.

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4/20/11 7:19 P

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Carbs and calories are like peanut butter and jelly. (yum) peanut butter, good protein 7g calories 190 and 7 carbs, Jelly 50 cal and 0 protein. carbs 13g So jelly has almost twice the carbs as peanut butter but no where near the calories. I feel one has nothing to do with the other unless you are diabetic and you need to track the carbs for your insulin usage. Track both and adjust etch in its own right. Ed

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4/20/11 6:56 P

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I don't think it's an either / or choice.

You need to figure out what works for YOU, individually, which unfortunately is going to take some trying things, evaluating how it worked, trying more things, evaluating them, etc. etc.

Like BBNWTEX I do not respond well to starches or sugars. For me it's so bad I can't even do whole grains without getting those insane cravings. So I eat a lot of protein. I personally think the amounts recommended are too low. I aim to get about 1g of protein per 1 lb of goal weight, each day. For me that means a minimum of 150-160g per day.

Since I've got a calorie target of 1300 / day at the moment, that doesn't leave much room for carbs and fats. Most of my carbs come from vegetables. I usually have one apple a day, and if I'm feeling indulgent I have two. I have to watch the sugars in fruit just as much as sugars from anywhere else, because they too trigger cravings (which then trigger binges).

If I can get around 20% of my calories from "good" fats like flax, salmon, or almonds, etc. then I'm happy. I sometimes don't get as much as that. And yeah, I do count my omega-3 pills. LOL

In the end you have to try stuff. Maybe you'll be able to handle starches. Maybe you'll be able to do grains. It kind of depends on your preference and metabolism because you need to find something that satisfies you and also helps you along toward your goals.

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4/20/11 6:38 P

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My experience with carbs vs. calories:

Empty carbs - like foods made with white flour and/or white sugar make me ravenous. For instance if I eat a small piece of chocolate, I will soon be snacking until I find myself in an all out bottomless binge.

I like the good carbs - fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and don't feel like bingeing after eating them. It's hard to get my fruits and vegetables servings in because Im not in the habit of eating them. Still, they make me feel good. IRonically, exercise makes me crave fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Anyway, for me a calorie is not a calorie. An empty calorie is like alcohol to the alcoholic for me.

Just my experience...good topic!!!

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4/20/11 1:59 P

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Carbs vs calories...Well I will tell you they both are important and it really depends on the person. You being diabetic need to get good healthy carbs from fruits veggies and whole grains. You really don't need an excess of carbs, just enough to get by. As you exercise you will burn the energy from these carbs. I know you said your more active around the house right now so as you build up that stamina and do more and more you may notice a change in your blood sugars. I am not diabetic but I have troubles with my blood sugar bottoming out after an intense workout, so it is important for me as well to eat good carbs and protein to stabilize. So again they both are really important I think if you cut back a little on each you will get the best results!

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Welcome Moni! My only feedback re: Carbs vs Calories is I haven't ever really had a distinction between the two. I did try the Atkins many years ago and it was great to a point but I got bored. I think if you have food you like (i love toast) it's ok to have in moderation as long track track track :) Welcome to team.. we are here to support and encourage you and you are going to do great!!

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4/20/11 11:31 A

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Hello Im new to this site as well....I can relate to the not being able to get out of bed ...now im making myself get up....I joined the ymca not going to regulary right now ....its finally sunny here so I can walk my dogs....I have been using the exercise ball and three pound weights working on my core...and get rid of the swelling in my feet and ankles...Im waiting to have knee surgery but i can walk and im working on that ...hope things go good........hope you keep on track and your results are awesome.....good luck and welcome....

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4/20/11 10:48 A

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I just called in to say hello,
I am new to the group, and this is my 3rd week,I haven't weighed myself yet as my Doc is doing that every time I go to visit.(my scales wont weigh over 150kgs)I am feeling so much better in myself.and already have more energy.
I am being more active around the house, vaccing more and washing floors etc. before I was so tired it was an effort to make my bed and just walk around the house.
I started out cutting my carbs very low,so as to lose the sweet craving as that is my downfall. however after reading a few books ,I decided to add more good carbs and keep the calories to a sensible amount.1600-1800 a day.but not going over 100grams of carb a day.I have found some nice things to have with a cuppa, and not effect my sugar levels as I am type2 Diabetic.
I am so inspired with all the great success on this site.but I agree it has to be a lifestyle change .
I would love to hear your opinions on Carbs verses low calories. and what experiences you have all had, and what works better for you.

I have to say that I am enjoying tracking my food. and I put what I plan on having in first.and make sure I am not having too much, and a few times I have been surprised at how much its added up to. and gone back and reduced the portion size to fit in with my limit.
I have also found that after my first couple of weeks,I am feeling satisfied with the amount I eat. before I was like a bottomless pit ,that didnt know when to stop.

I look forward to hearing from you all.
Hugs and God Bless .
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